With three charming one-bedroom self-catering cottages near Kelso, Burnbrae provides the perfect basecamp to enjoy the many activities and places to see on both sides of the Scotland / England Border. There’s also a wealth of events throughout the year, both in Kelso and at the numerous historic sites and places of interest throughout the region. If you enjoy outdoor pursuits, Burnbrae offers a secure store for cycles, walking gear etc. and for your convenience, each cottage also has a heated drying cupboard. A washing machine and a tumble drier are available on-site.

For those who haven’t visited the beautiful Borders area before, we have put in your cottage an information folder with some suggestions of places to visit and things to do while staying at Burnbrae including ideas for a Wet Day. and Places to visit on the East coast of the Borders.

Link to Visit Scotland film of family activities to do in SOUTHERN SCOTLANDSome are within 40 mins drive from Burnbrae Holidays. Coastal walk & bird watching at St Abbs Head, surfing at Coldingham beach, Go Ape and trail cycling at Glentress.

Two walkers in the Scottish Borders.


Walking opportunities surround Burnbrae; our cottages are set within approximately thirty acres of fallow farmland, so whether you simply enjoy an early morning stroll or are looking for something more challenging Burnbrae provides an ideal base. Either ask us or there are some suggestions for walks of varying lengths in your cottage.


Cyclists are especially welcome at Burnbrae. We have a lockable cycle store and can provide you with a key for the duration of your stay. There is also an outside tap for washing your bike down after your adventure on the trails. Each cottage has a heated drying cupboard with washing machine and tumble-drier available on-site. Come and cycle on the quiet, scenic roads or the many mountain bike trails near to Burnbrae Holidays.

Angler fishing for late season salmon on the River Tweed near Dryburgh, Scottish Borders


The rivers Teviot, Whiteadder and Blackadder are also close by. If you are already into river fishing, then you will know the river Tweed (only 5 km away) is one of premier rivers in the world, with excellent fishing for trout, salmon and grayling.

Horse Riding

With horses available for hire and horse riding lessons for beginners and experienced riders at Nenthorn Equestrian Centre, sited immediately adjacent our cottages, Burnbrae makes a great base for horse riding & pony trekking in the area around Kelso.

Family History

If your family had associations with the Scottish Borders in the past, Burnbrae is 30 mins easy drive of the wealth of records available in the region, at the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre held at the Heritage Hub in Hawick.


There are 20 unique and challenging golf courses in the Scottish Borders, all within easy reach of Burnbrae. This means that our cottages are an ideal base for a week or more playing various courses.

Historic Sites

The Borders near Kelso is steeped in fascinating – and often turbulent – history, evidence of which remains throughout the area: magnificent fortifications; land struggles; castles and fine buildings; museums and abbeys. It’s all here in the Borders.

Visit the dramatic Borders coastline.

Burnbrae is only 40 mins quiet drive from the Borders coastline. Our favourite beach is Coldingham beach as it has rock pools, sand, has coastal cliff top walks, child friendly. There is a free carpark, beach cafe and in the summer ranger lead beach activities.

Bamburgh beach is another of our favourites, drive or walk away from Bamburgh town and castle, for miles of golden sand, rarely busy yet one of Scotlands best surfing beaches. Northumberland’s coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Our favourite coastal walk starts from St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve there are dramatic cliffs, spectacular views, amazing wildlife, sea bird colonies and more.

We recommend the wildlife boat trips which depart from Sea Houses, in Northumberland. During the day the friendly crew informed us about the many different birds and other wildlife we were watching. We visited a few of the 28 Farne Islands and saw many puffins, seals and other birdlife.

Try Sporting shooting

Bisley at Braidwood is a large shooting club open to all. Guests and members over the age of 10 to try shooting. No experience or very experienced welcommed. Clay shooting, air rifel range, virtual reality room.

Visit a Distillery

There are many small gin and whisky distilleries a short drive from Burnbrae Holidays. THE BORDERS DISTILLERY IN HAWICK opened in March 2018 producing both gin and whiskey. It is now open on a limited, pre booked tour The tour includes a tasting of their delicious gin.

Another place well worth a visit is BORN IN THE BORDERS with the LILLIARD GIN DISTILLERY . and the SCOTTISH BORDERS BREWERY Also there are riverside walks pond dipping and grass sledging, year-round (for all ages). There is a cafe and a small shop selling locally produced food and drink shop.

Textiles in Hawick

Visit the TEXTILE TOWERHOUSE in Hawick a small museum of the textile industry over the years. JOHNSTONS MILL of Elgin located in Hawick has a wonderful information centre, you can also book onto a tour of the cashmere yarn being woven into beautiful fabric.